Thai Tales: Folktales of Thailand

Thai Tales: Folktales of Thailand

by Margaret Read MacDonald, Supaporn Vathanaprida
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563080966

ISBN-13: 9781563080968

Pub. Date: 06/15/1994

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

Margaret Read MacDonald, renowned author of more than 15 books on folklore and storytelling, teams up with librarian Supaporn Vathanaprida to present this fascinating folktale collection and introduction to Thai thought. Drawing on memories of her childhood in Northern Thailand, Supaporn shares her tales and comments to help both adults and children understand the

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Margaret Read MacDonald, renowned author of more than 15 books on folklore and storytelling, teams up with librarian Supaporn Vathanaprida to present this fascinating folktale collection and introduction to Thai thought. Drawing on memories of her childhood in Northern Thailand, Supaporn shares her tales and comments to help both adults and children understand the surprising world of Thai folklore and culture. The 28 engaging stories show many aspects of the Buddhist worldview in action. Humorous stories, animal tales, teaching tales of Buddhist monks, and tales of amazing magical events that entertain the Thai imagination are included in the collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563080968
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
06/15/1994
Series:
World Folklore Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1Nithan Gohok: Lying Tales1
Lung Ta, the Calm Woodcutter1
The Liars Compete4
The Marvelous Canning Factory6
The Liars Contest of the King8
Ch. 2Nithan Talok: Humorous Tales13
Drinking with Yommaban, the King of the Dead13
Sri Thanonchai and the King17
Sri Thanonchai and the Two Moons18
Sri Thanonchai's Special Dishes20
Ch. 3Nithan Ruang Sat: Animal Tales25
Why the Bear Has a Short Tail25
Tiger Seeks Wisdom29
The Elephants and the Bees31
Power and Wisdom33
Ch. 4Nithan Chadok: Jataka Tales35
The Deer Buddha35
Seven Stars39
The Honest Woodcutter42
The Thieving Crow45
Ch. 5Nithan Son Khati Tam: Tales to Make You Think49
Who Is Best?49
The Pious Son-in-Law52
He Who Thinks He Is First Is Unwise55
Plenty59
The Good Boy61
Medicine to Revive the Dead64
When Death Comes67
If It Belongs to Us, It Will Come to Us71
Ch. 6Tamnan: Local Legends75
Muang Laplae: The Land of Fantasy75
Mouse Island and Cat Island79
Ch. 7Nithan Songkhruang: Elaborate Tales89
Kaeo, the Horse-Face Girl89
Chet Huat Chet Hai (Seven Pot, Seven Jar)96
Ch. 8Thep Niyai: Tales of Helpful Gods and Spirits105
The Twin Stars105
Songkran: A Thai New Year Story109
The Daughters of Thao Kabinlaphrom and Their Attributes114
Ch. 9The Place of Buddhism in Thai Life115
Buddhist Concepts115
Tham Boon, Making Merit115
Plongtok, Acceptance115
Attahi Attano Natho, Self-Reliance116
Chai Yen, Self-Restraint116
Mai Pen Rai, "Never Mind"116
Kreng Chai, Consideration117
Respect for Elders117
Humbleness and Gentleness117
Monkhood117
The Buddhist Philosophy118
Samsara, The Wheel of Life118
The Way of Buddha, or the Path Toward Enlightenment119
The Eightfold Path, or The Middle Way119
Five Rules of Conduct for Laymen120
Prom Wihan120
Thailand, The Land of Smiles120
Comparative Notes and Sources for Tales123
Thai Folktale Genre123
A Note on Motif and Type Numbers Used124
Notes on Tale Sources124
More Books to Read About Thailand136
Thai Folktales136
Buddhist Tales and Books About Buddhism136
About Thailand136
Fiction Set in Thailand137
Picture Books137
Works Consulted137
Thai Language Works Consulted140
Index143
About the Author and Editor152

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